How to track updates for the android apps that haven’t been downloaded from the Google play store

ANDROID APPS
Introduction:
In most cases, Android users get all their apps from the Google play store and don’t look for alternative sources. After all, Google play is so vast, in terms of applications, books and services, that one could find it to be too complicated and might lose taste for those apps.
Therefore to break through all that clutter and save time some users prefer downloading apps from third-party app stores like SlideMe. In the end they just choose the best apps, so that they don’t have to go through the clutters of those indistinguishable apps.
The Problem:
However, as the users opt for the third party app stores, how would they monitor the updates of each app that they have downloaded and installed via that store? Google, in contrast, has made an easy way for the updates. But what about these third party app stores?
Solution:
That’s when ApkTrack comes into the picture. This app takes care of notifying the users about updates available for the apps not downloaded from Google Play store. It doesn’t automatically download them and install the apps for the user. Instead, it notifies the user when a new update to an App is available and it reminds where he has got it from, then all they need to do is visit that third party app store or site, and download the updated version.
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LOLLIPOP VS. KITKAT: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Introduction:

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There was plenty of debate over what the next Android version would be called. Names like “Lemon Meringue” and even the controversial “Licorice” were said to have been in the list.
In the end “Lollipop” got selected, as Google revealed when it unveiled the new Android update, but the name is hardly all that’s been improved since the last version.
Here a few pros and cons that would differentiate the updated Lollipop version from the KitKat version,

Cons: -

1) No Option for Mute: Previously on KitKat, if you press the power button for long you would get the options to put the phone on vibration/mute/flight mode. Now there is no “mute”. If you keep reducing the sound it will switch to vibration mode.
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2) Data Toggle: Earlier, using the power toggles to toggle data connection, it was a matter of just one tap to turn mobile data on and off, but now if you tap on that data toggle button, it takes you to networks and data setting and from there you would have to set it manually. From one tap, it is now 3 extra taps, making it more time-consuming
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3) Weird Google Keyboard Prediction: When one swipes through the words, the word formed is shown properly as the floating word. But the word at the middle out of the 3 predictions is always different from the word that has been swiped through. It creates a certain amount of ambiguity.
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4) Multi Tasking/ Recent Apps: It shows up individual processes instead of apps. For example, if one opens up their Gmail and then start typing a new mail. So in the recent apps screen they will find 2 windows. But if they tap on the square button for recent apps, they’ll often find some processes like android system or some other background processes to be running.
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Pros:

1) Improved Multitasking: Multitasking has improved to some extent after the updated version has been introduced.

2) Adaptive Brightness: Auto brightness wasn’t much effective during the night, and the lowest brightness level was still bright enough to give one a strong headache. But with adaptive brightness turned on, one can further use the brightness slider to reduce the brightness.
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3) Notification Shade: It looks better and has two extra toggles – flashlight and hotspot.

4) Battery Life Prediction: It shows how much time is left for the battery to get 100% charged, and approximately how much time is left before it runs out of power.
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There are few other new features like screen pinning, battery saver mode, search option in settings etc.
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Celkon launches Campus Q405 at Rs 3,199

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NEW DELHI: Indian handset maker Celkon has launched a new budget smartphone — Campus Q405. The smartphone is priced at Rs 3,199 and will be exclusively available on e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal starting May 21.

Celkon Campus Q405 features a 4-inch WVGA (480x800p) display and runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) operating system. It packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 512MB RAM and comes with 4GB built-in storage and microSD card support (up to 32GB) under the hood.

The dual-sim smartphone sports a 3.2MP rear camera (with LED flash) and a 1.3MP front camera. Available in four colours – white, gold, blue and black, the smartphone packs a 1500mAh battery. For connectivity, it offers 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a micro-USB slot.

Originally published by: Times Of India


ARE VALUE PHONES TRULY LOSING OUT THEIR “VALUES” IN TODAY’S MARKET?

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To your surprise, the answer is No!

In fact there has been an increase in the demand for value phones. As consumers are becoming aware about various value phones through discussion forums and gadget review websites, the demand for those phones is also rising!

INTRODUCTION:

There’s no doubt that all the flagship smartphones, along with the latest hardware, come with a snob value attached with the device. These phones could literally burn a hole in your pocket with no justification to the hefty price tag.

There are certain phones that provide you both, best price and the good specifications within their segments; these phones are called ‘Value Phones’.

PAST STATUS IN THE MARKET:

Initially, it was the pricey smartphones that ruled the market and lured the customers in purchasing them, as the features and the applications provided were exclusive as compared to the feature phones. This led to an increase in demand for the smartphones in the market, providing a market entry for all the smartphone brands.

CURRENT STATUS IN THE MARKET:

A recent IDC (International Data Corporation) Report claimed that with the increase in awareness about smartphones and their pricing, Indian customers are now more inclined towards value phones. In fact the report also claimed, that although the smartphone brands have a good name in the mobile phone market, in 2015, this will not be the case. Especially, when brands like CELKON are coming up with some really low priced phones with high-end specifications.

As more people have started using mobile phones, the demand for those value phones is increasing as it has been observed that the first-time mobile phone users tend to purchase value phones, more than anything else!


Celkon launches new Campus A359

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Celkon Mobiles on Friday launched the new Campus A359 dual SIM mart phone powered by a 1GHz processor.

The phone features Kitkat OS and has expandable memory up to 32 GB.

Commenting on the launch, Y Guru, CMD, Celkon Mobiles, said the company constantly looked at upgrading its offerings with innovation at competitive price points without compromising on quality and features.

Celkon recently upgraded its Q54 model to 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM, making it an irresistible selfie phone.

Originally published by: The Hindu Business Line